Poor Tinky Winky! While fellow Teletubbies Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po go about their merry business unmolested, the tall purple one with the triangle on his head and magic bag in his grip apparently still invites controversy over his sexuality–even a decade later. According to the Associated Press (dateline Warsaw!), Poland’s watchdog for children’s rights, Eva Sowinska, was quoted as saying she would ask psychologists to investigate whether Tinky Winky is gay and that the Teletubbies show could promote homosexuality.
“I noticed that he has a purse, but I didn’t realize he’s a boy,” she told Wprost magazine. “At first I thought that must be a bother for him. Later I learned there could be some hidden homosexual undertones.”
Sowinska is a member of the anti-gay rights/anti-abortion League of Polish Families party. Gee, that’s a surprise. There’s a Polish joke here somewhere, but I think the situation speaks for itself. Wonder if she noticed anything “funny” about Bert and Ernie…